Make a date with denim in the classic and versatile Ames Jeans. These 5-pocket wardrobe essentials are the real deal, with features like rivets, belt loops and a fly front. When it comes to jeans, perfect fit is a must. Get the look you love tailored for apple or pear shapes, with two leg options - skinny or straight. Hold the style together with a high rise and pocket stay for secret smooth shaping.
SEWING LEVEL: Intermediate
SIZING: 12 to 28, with interchangeable pelvis (apple or pear fit) and leg (skinny or straight) pieces.
In the photos, Dawn (red hair) is wearing the pear + straight legs, and Jenny (blonde hair) is wearing the apple + skinny legs.
RECOMMENDED FABRIC: Main: 9.5 - 12 oz stretch denim with at least 2% lycra. Lining: non-stretch cotton. Interfacing: knit (stretch) or woven fusible, depending on preference for stretch in waistband.
NOTIONS: Denim / jeans needle, topstitching needle (optional), regular thread, topstitching thread, 7" (18 cm) metal jeans zipper, 1 jeans button, 8 jeans rivets (optional).
TOOLS: Point turner, hammer, awl (or nail), anvil (or other hard metal surface).
USE THE DROPDOWN MENU ABOVE TO ORDER EITHER A PRINTED PATTERN, WHICH WILL BE MAILED TO YOUR ADDRESS, OR A PDF PATTERN, WHICH CAN BE DOWNLOADED.
The PDF comes as files to print at home or at a copy shop. Files are delivered as a .zip file which can be downloaded on a computer, but not on a mobile device. For more on PDFs, see the FAQs.
Instructions: 18 pages (4.5 MB)
Print at Home Pattern pieces: 70 pages (2 MB) - note there is a guide in the instructions for only printing the pages you need.
Copy shop (A0 or US 36" x 48" size): 3 pages (1.5 MB)
A wonderful pattern because one can choose a pelvis shape and a leg style and customize the jeans to fit as desired. I just made my first pair, graded between 3 sizes and am delighted with how well they went together. The pattern instructions are clear and concise, but I highly recommend signing up for the workshop video. Jenny is an excellent teacher, all of the steps are clearly described and demonstrated, and the tips she gives for what NOT to do are as valuable as the ones she gives for how to do. It was a pleasure sewing along with her.
I really love the pattern, it‘s easy to follow the instruction. The best is the choice between apple and pear pelvis - I chose the pear, no changes needed.
I would like to have an expantion for a bootcut leg.
With jeans/trousers it's difficult to take any pattern and not perform a complete fitting. The Ames pattern offers a limited ability to work with shape, I chose a curvy, but my backside is a funny shape so I had to make several muslins before getting the right shape
I made jeans that fit. First try. Without having to alter the pattern at all. This has never happened. And no one has mentioned them or said ‘did you make that?’ Because they just look like ‘real’ jeans.
I am teaching a jeans making class and selected your Ames Jeans pattern as a pattern choice for the participants. In preparation for the class, I've made 3 pairs and have been very pleased with all aspects of this pattern. The instructions are excellent and include notes for all those little things you need to know when making jeans. I especially appreciate the additional suggestions for sequencing construction to minimize thread changes between top stitching work. I use the chain stitch option on my cover stitch machine as my third machine. Works great for jeans construction!